Chapter Ten

The Wedding

Part 2

Sara stood in front of the long mirror as she positioned the veil on her head. Even though members of her family were crowded around outside, she stood alone in the dressing room. It was how she wanted it. She didn't want people fussing over her and telling her how to prepare herself. The only people she would even consider fussing over her were in the other dressing room, well except for Gil and Cath; Greg had said he couldn't find them. She just hoped Cath hadn't run again. She needed them both today. It took seeing them again, the whole group back together, to realise how right it was and how wrong it had been without her. Even the letter couldn't replace Catherine.

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Upon entering the Locker room she heard a shuffle and then silence again. Walking in further she found Warrick standing at his locker. His eyes seemed slightly glazed over, a distant look on his face. She went over to him and tapped him lightly on the shoulder; that seemed to break him from what ever had held his attention. Turning to look at her, his lips turned up into a forced smile, as he closed his locker door and slowly left the room.

After standing still in confusion for several minutes, she turned to her own locker. She instantly spotted the letter in the almost empty space. Taking it out, she continued hanging up her jacket. She had firmly shut the locker and sat down on the bench before allowing her curiosity to overtake her. She was expecting some sort of practical joke letter from the guys, or possible an invitation to some party or something, she didn't expect the letter she found.

Dear Sara,

I bet you are surprised to find this letter. I'm probably the last person you expected a letter from, but that's probably my fault. I want to take this opportunity to say that I'm sorry. I know that recently we have been able to get closer and I value you as a friend, but we didn't really hit it off when you first arrived. I guess it was some kind of jealousy.

I'm sure that one day you will make a great Supervisor, but just remember not to get too emotionally involved with each case. As cold as it sounds that is the best thing for everyone involved. I hope this doesn't sound too much like a lecture, but I just want to try to help you one last time.

It's going to be up to you to look after the guys; keep them in line, and I know you'll do great, but make sure you don't get lost in the work. Maybe go out with the guys some nights. Don't think I haven't seen the way you look at Nick. I can see you really like him, and I don't think it is all one sided. Just make sure you don't wait too long.

Love always,

Catherine W

She smiled after reading the letter again. She hadn't realised she was that transparent. Then she remembered what else Catherine had said. She was to look after the guys now, that meant that Catherine was going, or already gone. Suddenly she understood why Warrick had been acting so weirdly when she had walked in. He must have known. Wiping away the few tears that had slipped through her emotional walls, she headed to the Break room, certain that Warrick felt a lot worse than she did.

Warrick was worse than her. And when Nick entered about an hour later they all just sat on the couch in the Break room, staring at the seat Catherine usually occupied, until Grissom came in and handed out the assignments. Even Greg was miserable. His usual spark gone.

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A gentle tap on the door broke Sara from her memories. Calling for them to enter, and straightening herself out she turned towards the door as four people stepped through.


Next part coming soon. But I'm also working on some ER and Will & Grace fics, but I promise this one is a high priority.

- Linds -